Officials from the United States and China met today at the Pentagon for the 13th annual Defense Consultative Talks. Dr. Jim Miller, undersecretary of defense for Policy, and Lt. Gen. Qi Jianguo, deputy chief of the People’s Liberation Army general staff, led their respective country’s delegations. The U.S. delegation included representatives from the Joint Staff, U.S. Pacific Command, the National Security Staff and the State Department.
Both Miller and Qi emphasized the positive momentum of the U.S.-China military-to-military relationship this year, and urged further cooperation in 2013. Miller and Qi discussed maritime security in the East China Sea and South China Sea, and stressed the importance of avoiding miscalculation in the areas of cyber, space, nuclear policy and missile defense.
Miller stressed that North Korea’s launch was a clear violation of United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1718 and 1874, and a provocative act that threatens regional peace and security. He urged China to work with the United States and the international community to insist that North Korea live up to its commitments, adhere to its international obligations, and deal peacefully with its neighbors.
The two also discussed the U.S. rebalance to the Asia-Pacific region and the security situation in the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan.